7 Things to Do in Takahashi City, Okayama

things to do in takahashi city

Hello people. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! I would like to share things to do in Takahashi City this time. Takahashi City is in semi-Northern Okayama. It takes about 70 minutes by car or train from Okayama (11 stations). So what’s in Takahashi? What to do there? Here are my suggestions.

7 Things to Do in Takahashi City, Okayama

Takahashi City Library

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Takahashi is a small city but it has made such a landmark in its central and this is it. The library. It opened on February 4th, 2017. Turns out, it is like a business building with a book store, Starbucks, small restaurants, etc…and the library! Besides it is connected to the JR Takahashi Station (also the bus terminal) downstairs. Very convenient.

Access

1306 Asahimachi, Takahashi-shi

 

Raikyuji Temple

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This temple is located in Takahashi Bikan-chiku area where beautiful houses and views could be seen. You may forget about time while sitting at this beautiful Japanese garden.

 

Access

Accessible by walk from JR Takahashi Station.
18 Raikyūjichō, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken

Takahashi Christian Church

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This is the oldest protestant church in Okayama Prefecture. It’s in the Takahashi Bikan-chiku area as well as Raikyuji.

 

Access

26 Kakinokichō, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken

 

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle

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From Wikipedia

The castle lays on the mount Kagyu which is approximately 400 meter high. It’s a little hard to access but the beautiful mountain and the views from above would be worth it.

 

Access

Accessing this place seems a bit tricky. I will share easy ways below.

By taxi
1. Get to Fuigo-toge parking. (10 minutes)
2. Walk up to the castle. (20 minutes)

By bus/car
1. Get to the Shiromi-bashi Koen parking from JR Takahashi Station. (10 minutes)
2. Catch a shuttle bus to Fuigo-toge parking. (5 minutes)
3. Walk up to the castle. (20 minutes)

 

1 Uchisange, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken

 

Bitchu Takahashi Matsuyama Odori (Dance Festival)

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An annual dance festival which has history of more than 300 years. It is held right in front of JR Takahashi Station. (usually in August) It is also a contest, so dancers actually look quite serious.

Access

1317-2 Asahimachi, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken

 

Fukiya Furusato Village

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Houses in this village are in Bengala (a Dutch word) color which is rust-red. Look quite something huh? There’s a day tour by a retro bus from JR Takahashi Station. If you are interested, check this out (in Japanese only). Reservation is needed before 2 days.

Access

Accessible by car or bus (from JR Takahashi station).

 

838-2 Nariwachō Fukiya, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken

Sasaune Coal Shaft

things to do in takahashi city

It’s just a few hundred meters away from Fukiya Furusato Village. This coal shaft was used between the Edo era to the Taisho era and now open to visitors. Even on hot summer days the temperature in this coal shaft remains around 10 degrees ALL YEAR AROUND. So it feels cool in summer and warm in winter.

Admission fee is 300 yen for adults.

 

Access

1987 Nariwachō Nakano, Takahashi-shi, Okayama-ken

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It’s got plenty of interesting places to visit right? Please take a visit when you get a chance.
See you around!

Ujo (Crow Castle): Okayama Castle

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Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like to take you to a quick tour to Okayama Castle this time.

 

Okayama Castle

Okayama Castle, also called as Ujo (烏城, Crow Castle), was built by the lord Ukita Hideie in 1597. Many parts of the castle were destroyed in the Meiji era and during the war. But countless efforts (maintenance and renovation) has kept its figure as it would look like back in time.

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Snapshot from boat.

 

Access

Okayama Castle lies not far from Okayama JR Station. Only go down Momotaro Street from the station and that’s where the castle is. Accessible by walk or you could catch a tramcar called Momo-den to the nearest stop to the castle.

 

Admission Fees

Adults (15 years and older) Children (6 to 14 years old)
Okayama Castle 300 yen 120 yen
Okayama Castle + Okayama Korakuen 560 yen 260 yen
Okayama Castle + Okayama Orient Museum 480 yen 200 yen
Okayama Castle + Okayama Korakuen+ Hayashibara Museum of Art 960 yen

 

Business Hours

9:00-17:30 (admission until 17:00)

Close on December 29th -31st

 

Contact Number

086-225-2096

 

Official Website

Okayama Castle

 

Gallery

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Golden Shachihoko and the awesome view.
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Mrs. Wada disguised as a Japanese princess. (free activity)

 

Lastly

How do you find it? Why would you pass a city with a castle? Please stop by and take a look closer. It’s totally worth a visit. It’s perfect to visit together with Okayama Korakuen.

See you around!

okayama castle
Mr. Wada and his crazy buddy.



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